2020 General Election Ballot Initiatives

Amendment 1: Citizen Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections

Would change the Florida Constitution from saying “Every citizen of the US…” to saying “Only a citizen of the US…”

  • Our position: NO
  • Reason: The Florida Constitution already limits voting to U.S. Citizens. This amendment makes no substantive change.

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Amendment 2: Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage

Would increase Florida’s minimum-wage from $8.56/hour to $10/hour as of September 2021, and then increase it by $1/hour every year until it reaches $15/hour in 2026. After this, increases would be pegged to the annual rate of inflation.

  • Our position: YES
  • Reason: The current minimum wage is equivalent to $17,800/year for full time worker. This amendment would raise income for minimum wage workers above the poverty level over time.

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Amendment 3: All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor and Cabinet

Would replace Florida’s current “closed primary” system with a single primary for Governor, State Cabinet and Legislature. All voters could vote the primary election regardless of party, and all candidates would be shown on a single primary ballot regardless of party. The top two vote-getters would move on to the general election regardless of party. Congressional, presidential and local races would not be affected. The League supports open primaries, but not a “top two” open primary system.

  • Our position: NO
  • Reason: This “top two” primary system would make it much harder for minor party and non-white candidates to win legislative races, given the current makeup of Legislative districts in Florida.

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Amendment 4: Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments

Currently, amendments to the Florida constitution must be approved by 60% of voters in ONE general election. This amendment would require amendments to the Florida Constitution to be voted on and approved by 60% of voters in TWO general elections. 

  • Our position: NO
  • Reason: Requiring amendments to pass twice would make it much more difficult for Florida citizens to exercise their rights to decide the contents of the Florida constitution.

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Amendment 5: Limitation on Homestead Exemption

Would increase the period of time (from two years to three years) that homeowners have to transfer their Save Our Homes tax benefits from a prior home to a new home.

  • Our position: NO
  • Reason: Putting property tax ordinances into the State’s constitution takes away the ability of local government to budget and respond to future community needs.

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Amendment 6: Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities

Would allow a homestead property tax discount to carry over to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran with permanent combat-related disabilities.

  • Our position: NO
  • Reason: Putting property tax ordinances into the State’s constitution takes away the ability of local government to budget and respond to future community needs

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Pinellas School Referendum: Approval of Continuation of One-half Mill Ad Valorem Tax for School Operating Expenses

Would continue an existing property tax that funds necessary school operating expenses for teacher’s salaries, textbooks, technology, art and music. The funds are overseen by a citizen advisory board.

  • Our position: YES
  • Reason: Pinellas voters approved this tax in 2004 and re-approved it in 2008, 2012 and 2016. It provides critical funding for Pinellas County school children.